It appears the Detroit Lions will be without yet another key weapon for Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day Classic against the Houston Texans. Both ESPN’s Adam Schefter and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport are reporting that Lions running back D’Andre Swift is not expected to play as he continues to recover from a concussion.
Swift joins wide receivers Kenny Golladay and Danny Amendola as key Lions players on offense that will not play this week. Last week against the Carolina Panthers without Swift, Amendola and Golladay, the Lions were shut out for the first time in over 10 years—against a bad Panthers defense, no less.
Now they will face off against a similarly-bad Texans defense with the same deficit in players. Detroit will have to rely on the likes of Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson in the backfield, along with Marvin Jones Jr., Marvin Hall, Quintez Cephus and Jamal Agnew at receiver.
Unfortunately for Detroit, the issues don’t stop with their offense. The Lions will also be extremely shorthanded at cornerback, with rookie Jeff Okudah and veteran Mike Ford already declared out. Starter Amani Oruwariye is questionable for Thursday due to a new back injury that popped up on the report Wednesday. Detroit already has Tony McRae and Darrell Roberts on injured reserve, leaving just Desmond Trufant, Justin Coleman and Dee Virgin as the team’s three healthy corners.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!